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Monday, January 25, 2010

Forbidden Thunder by Kathleen Lash

Forbidden Thunder by Kathleen Lash
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (350 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Never, ever call Four Sons! Caila McKenna understands the rule. A truck accident and her brother’s life held in the balance, force her to make the call to the large towing company for help. John Thunder, the owner of Four Sons agrees, but assistance comes at an extremely high price. It seems that all the strong, confident, Native American wants from a McKenna is money and pain.

John gathers his brothers for a rescue and recovery. A forty year old debt would finally be settled and the McKenna’s would pay. John’s proud of his reputation for being hard but fair, and can’t seem to balance the two when dealing with Caila. Work boots and a man’s shirt don’t hide the intriguing woman beneath. Simple negotiations over a black and white contract suddenly seem gray as John tries to remember all the reasons he should keep dealings with Caila strictly business.

Forbidden Thunder is a story that puts the pedal to the metal and takes you on an exhilarating ride from start to finish. The plot is fantastic, the pace never relents, and all of the characters, quite literally, leap from the page and come to life.

I totally dug Caila as the saucy and proud heroine. The moment you’re introduced to her, you realize there is more to her than meets the eye. She’s not afraid to work hard or to get dirty, which is a refreshing change from the wilting violets that refuse to place their Versace clad bottoms on anything but the plushest leather. But what’s truly astounding is that when you think you know Caila, the story provides a deeper glimpse into her past, and allows you to see her through totally different eyes. Her abusive father has placed her and her siblings in the worst bind possible with John Thunder and his family. However, instead of weeping in the corner, she tackles the issue head-on. Her devotion to her family, as well as their devotion to her, makes for some tug-at-your-heart reading.

John Thunder, on the other hand, is all man. What you see is definitely what you get, and what a slice of heaven that is. While he’s obligated to see things through with the McKenna clan and sate his father’s long awaited revenge, he realizes it doesn’t necessarily have to be a nasty affair. He’s both hard and soft, although he does his best to keep the latter carefully tucked away, which is hard since he can’t get Caila out of his head. When he finally acts upon his desires, a fire is ignited, and let me tell you, I’ve not read a story with this much intensity and chemistry between the protagonists in a very long time.

The underlying subplots work nicely, and add tension and drama to keep things interesting. But what makes Forbidden Thunder so memorable is the sharp dialogue, tightly written scenes, and detail to character development. The hotter-than-cocoa sex scenes are oh-so yummy, yet it’s those emotional ones that’ll hit you where it counts. Keep a box of hankies (and a tall glass of ice water) handy while reading this one; you’re going to need them.

A must have addition to the TBR list. I cannot wait to read more from Kathleen Lash’s library in the future.